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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown AleSierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

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2,750 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,750
Reviews: 1,028
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 53
Gots: 123 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Tumbler is our take on the classic brown ale – full of roasted malt flavor but delicate on the palate and perfect for crisp fall days. Layered with notes of chocolate and toasted bread and a hint of smoke, Tumbler is the ultimate autumn beer, so grab a seat and watch as the leaves come tumbling down.

2014 - Available in Fall Variety Pack (no longer available standalone)

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 07-25-2010)
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Photo of mjurney


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Deep brownish-amber color, clear. Lots of nice fine bubbles. Head looks pretty good, lacing is nice.

Toasted malts, citrus hops, hint of coffee.

Mild toasted malts up front, slight caramel and coffee, along with strong citrus hops in the back end. Some sweet floral in the middle. Crisp finish with slight dry lemon aftertaste. Body is light to medium, carbonation is about medium.

Very drinkable. It's pretty hoppy for a Brown Ale. I was expecting little more malts than hops. Otherwise it's pretty delicious beer.

08-28-2010 21:39:45 | More by mjurney
Photo of ZAP


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

A-Pours a fluffy white head...nice looking color...auburn colored..

S-Light roastiness...a little coffee

T-Mildly Roasty...a bit of caramel...some burnt coffee notes...a little astringent

M-.light side of medium bodied...creamier texture the second time I tried it...

D-I generally like SN beers but at first didn't care for this one all that much but it has grown on me a little. Definitely a solid brown ale worth trying.

08-28-2010 18:46:34 | More by ZAP
Photo of cooncat


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured at fridge temp into my SA glass. Had to moderate the pour to get it all in there, but wound up with two fingers of thick ecru foamy head. Some nice lacing develops. The beer is a chestnut brown in color, with some garnet highlights on the edges of the glass. No cloudiness .. a brilliant clear beer.

The nose is caramel first, with a light roasty note behind that. Just a hint of coffee, but maybe its my imagination.

Taste is similar to the nose. Up front is a rich caramel, with some roast flavors behind it (perhaps a touch of brown or chocolate malt in the grist). Not much of a hop presence, but perhaps a bit of a floral or earthy type hop, just enough to balance the malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium. Carbonation makes this very refreshing, and drinkability is great. This is a great session brew, no doubt.

I'm a homebrewer, myself, and I always appreciate a well brewed beer. Sierra Nevada is not only one of the craft beer pioneers, but they consistently produce great beers. Tumbler is another great beer to add to their portfolio of fine craft brews. Highly recommended ... get you some!

Na Zdravje!

08-28-2010 17:17:48 | More by cooncat
Photo of bunnyhustle


4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pretty solid beer for a style thats generally not my favorite. Pours deep mahogany in color, with a creamy white head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is rich of roasted malt, some caramel and a very slight chocolate. Taste again features the toasted grains and roasty malt, slightly dry. A nice caramel presence as well, perhaps a little nutty. Mouthfeel was smooth and velvety, on the lighter side but not too light. Overall a very solid beer and easy drinker. Think this would be great on a nice fall day while watching some football.

08-28-2010 01:39:09 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Pours a light brown color, with some slight red hues. Reminds me of cola. Provides a small tan head that dwindles to a slight film with decent lacing.

S: Scents become a slightly more prominant as it warms. A small amount of light roasted malt, coffee, toast and bisquit. Not much in the way of hop character.

T: Ample amounts of biscuit, toast and light roasted coffee on the front end, with a noticeable amount of hop character. Very well balanced.

M: Leaves a slight bitter taste on the palate.

D: A very nice brown ale. A nice change of pace beer for me. Could easily drink several during a nice cloudy brish fall day.

08-27-2010 22:50:14 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of bluejacket74


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

24 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a copper/brown color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel, toffee and toasted malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some pine hops and a bit of nuts and smoke. There's also a slight lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and quite enjoyable. It's an interesting brown ale, I certainly didn't expect the balance between the malt and hops in this brew, I thought for sure it would be maltier. It's a pretty decent brew overall, and for $2.99 a bomber I think it's a good deal too. I'd buy this again.

08-27-2010 22:07:40 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of jlindros


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

A nice big 2 finger head rises up in the tulip glass, it's fluffy and fades somewhat slowly, leaving a memory of lacing on the glass. The beer is surprisingly clear despite being a dark molasses iodine brown color with particulate.

The nose has an interesting yeasty aroma, which I could see the yeast floating in it. There is also a toasty brown malt aroma, with a very light sweet sugar, more like a candi sugar than brown or other. There is also a light crisp ale like aroma in the background.

The taste goes the other direction, starting with lots of noble and mild grassy hops, with a nice floral taste. It has some light malty flavors, toasty and crisp, a light sweetness, with a little brown sugar this time. It has a nice bitterness, but light, thanks to those hops. A slight rustic darker ale flavor also there, with hints of a toasty farmhouse dry flavor, which also adds an earthy flavor.

The mouth is medium with good carbonation.

It finishes more earthy and some more light floral hops, but gets somewhat bitter. A slight hop oil resin taste starts to break through but never really comes out. It dries quite a bit, but leaves a very slight lingering sweetness. A very slight sugar memory and hint of earthy rustic barnyard taste. A nice sessionable beer.

08-27-2010 21:19:43 | More by jlindros
Photo of TKEbeerman


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured into my pint glass, this beer pours a cinnamon brown with a generous fluffy head.

In the nose are slight notes of cinnamon with a rich roasted malt background.

The flavor follow suit. Nothing that stands out, but the malt bill is rich and full flavored (roasted to perfection). A very slight Sierra Nevada bitterness is present, but over all this is a pretty clean brew.

The mouth feel is a little to light for my taste, but the drinkability is stunning.

Overall, Sierra Nevada does an amazing job of taking a beer and brewing it to it's style. When I review any other beer (Brown Ale, Stouts, Porters...) I always use SN as a baseline.

08-27-2010 18:03:25 | More by TKEbeerman
Photo of Natural510


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a dark amber-brown with a sticky, soapy head which sticks around for the length of the drink.
Rich malt, sweet with notes of caramel & brown sugar, to the nose.
Deep-roasted, semi-sweet caramel malt backed by a forest hop provide the backbone to a full-bodied brown ale with woody, nutty, cola-like notes.
Great seasonal offering from SN, nice choice for this time of year. Easy-drinking with a balanced complexity, exactly what I look for in a brown ale.

08-27-2010 08:52:59 | More by Natural510
Photo of domtronzero


4/5  rDev +4.2%

A - Clear brown color with orange/coper hilights around the edges. Average sized tannish head lingers for a quick bit then dissipates leaving a tiny bit of lacing.

S - Citrusy (orange) and piney hops up front with a little bit of bready/caramelly malts showing through. Subtle esters.

F/M - Chocolaty/toasty/bready malts mix with the citrusy orange-like piney hop profile. Bitterness is firm, but not too much that it overpowers the nice malt profile. Less bitter than I was expecting from Sierra Nevada, but then again this is not one of their typical offerings.

D - This has good drinkability. Finishes clean and smooth and I could definitely go for another one of these.

08-27-2010 05:20:49 | More by domtronzero
Photo of JLeege


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance- deep brown, nice foamy head with decent retention and lacing

Smell- toasted malt, caramel, toffee, Pine.

Taste- caramel, a bit doughy, pine hops present on the back end.

Mouthfeel- a bit thin, average carbonation

Overall- simple beer, real drinkable. Good, but a bit over hyped in my opinion.

08-27-2010 01:19:31 | More by JLeege
Photo of racer2k


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured 12oz. bottle into my favorite pint glass

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with an off white two finger head that is quite foamy. Moderate lacing climbs the side of my glass.

S - Smokey roasted malt with a hint of chocolate, nuts and a slight hint of hop character

T - Sweet malt is the front end flavor profile which quickly shifts to a smoked characteristic that finishes with a bit of hops on the back end. This beer tastes like it was slow cooked in the smoker for 8 hours...

M - Light carbonation with a smooth, creamy, smokey texture

D - Very drinkable session beer that is relatively light in ABV and carbonation. This beer will set up nicely for the cool fall New England days ahead. A good tailgater candidate!

08-27-2010 00:32:05 | More by racer2k
Photo of allengarvin


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured into a wide chalice, Tumbler is a dark reddish-brown color. Not much of a head formed, and what did quickly faded. The aroma is pleasant enough, offering mostly caramel with a touch of toffeeness. The flavor continues the same general theme as the nose, plus a touch of roast. Bitterness from the roasted malt together with moderate hop bitterness offsets the sweetness well. Decently crafted, though generic.

08-26-2010 23:18:22 | More by allengarvin
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

2010 series marked 021111813. Sampled on Aug. 26, 2010. It has a nice looking mahogany brown pour with a thick, puffy beige head a good two inches thick that leaves a decent lace in its wake. The maltiness is up front in the aroma with a bit of toffee and sweet dark fruits. The taste begins malty and turns bitter with a dry hopped ending. A very nice balance.

08-26-2010 23:07:04 | More by puboflyons
Photo of lifeboyq


2.95/5  rDev -23.2%

Pours a mahogany with translucent amber hues into a stella glass. Nose is nothing but metallic, even after letting it air out. Head is one finger with slight retention. Taste is way over hopped for a brown ale, watery oxidized nothing and very hard to put much of a malt profile at all on this. Whatever malt profile there is, albeit weak is overwhelmed by the bitter. I'm not sure how this gets marks above a c. This beer is terrible and the worst brown ale I've ever had. No reason for a more extensive review.

08-26-2010 22:50:58 | More by lifeboyq
Photo of mikedgt


4/5  rDev +4.2%

A decent little brown ale. Malty, toffee overtones, some nutty goodness. A bit on the hoppy side for my opinion of what a brown ale should be, but what do you expect from Sierra Nevada? Not that the hop takes much away from the beer - it's done subtly enough. By no means is this one of the silly IPA/Brown-Ale hybrids. Could stand for a tad more sweetness for my tastes. Maybe tone down the carbonation some? But I'm being picky - but I'll take one last jab - c'mon, an "autumn" ale in early August (when I bought this sixer)?

Anyway, tell your unenlightened friend to pick this up instead of Newcastle any day. It's less expensive too.

08-26-2010 21:33:24 | More by mikedgt
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

A - A nice reddish light brown color, think cherrywood with the red toned down just a bit. Nice head of off white/light tan foam.

S - Roasted malts and a touch of caramel.

T - Nice nuttiness with some roastiness. Sugary sweetness shows through. The roastiness combines with a fairly assertive hop bitterness on the finish. Those characteristics help the beer finish fairly dry considering the flavor characteristics. As it wamrms a bit, some earthy hop shows through in the finish and complements everything nicely. A nice, unique tasting brown.

M - Medium bodied. Fairly snappy, but easy to handle carbonation.

D - A nice, drinkable brown. Good combo of smooth sweetness with the roasted malt character. The hop poking it's head up at the end makes you want more.

08-26-2010 21:07:21 | More by EStreet20
Photo of nickadams2

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

A_Dark reddish brown amber color. Creamy white head with nice lacing.

S_Roasted grain,caramel.hops.

T_Roasted malt with hops on the back end. Caramel,brown sugar. Creamy and nutty.

M_Medium body nicley carbonated.

D_Very drinkable.Great session brown ale.

08-26-2010 16:20:05 | More by nickadams2
Photo of nickhiller


2.8/5  rDev -27.1%

A: rich dark brown, average carbonation and head
S: i get wet dog and little else
T: roasted malts, sweet grapes (I'm assuming from said malt), Sierra's standard mineral flavor, almost like iron, not very complex
M: a little on the watery side, especially for a Brown Ale.
D: all around pretty boring and disappointing. I'm love Sierra, but this one feels forced and uninspired. I would honestly expect more from them

08-26-2010 07:37:56 | More by nickhiller
Photo of bum732


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

S: Toasted bread, nutty, some caramel, touch of fruitiness, vanilla.

L: Clear amber brown, nice creamy head, great lacing.

T: Toasty sweet malt with some leafy hoppiness on the palate. A mellow fruitiness throughout, berry like but mild, maybe apples. Mild fruity bitterness leading to a touch of herbal dryness.

M: Moderate mouthfeel, perfect medium carbonation.

Really enjoyed this beer, very fruity from either the hops or yeast, most likely the hops. Malt character is fairly restrained, but works well with the hops. Definitely enjoyed it.

08-26-2010 04:59:35 | More by bum732
Photo of Thur123


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

This beer pours with one finger of off white head with a hazy reddish brown body. The carbonation seems adequate for the style. The smell is toast, a strong mineral smell, like this is hard water. I also detect an earthy scent. Not too strong of a nose but it smells fine.

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The flavor is toast, hard mineral earthiness along with cereal grain (duh). A slight sweetness shows up as well and the finish is clean with a lingering sweet bread flavor. The mouth feel is full enough for sure and actually maybe saves this from being purely moderate. Overall a nice addition to the SN line-up.

08-26-2010 01:22:07 | More by Thur123
Photo of rlshep


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Aroma: Some floral aroma. Possibly some pear. Yeasty character to it. Chocolate in the background.

Appearance: Pours thick tan head. Tons of lacing. Dark brown color with deep amber highlights.

Flavor: Creamy. Fruity. Strong malt backbone. Caramel flavor lightly burnt chocolate notes in aftertaste. Medium to medium-low bitterness. No hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium high mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Finish dry. No noticeable alcohol.

Overall: An excellent beer. Well balanced, not over the top. Yeast and ester profile really showcase this beer. Can have several and want more.

08-26-2010 01:16:33 | More by rlshep
Photo of tugdriver7


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Malt. Dark, rich roasted and--well, I'm getting ahead of myself. Poured rich and dark like coffee, with a very nice tan head that stayed through the first half. Hint of roasted and caramel (sweet, in this case) in the nose, with none of the expected smoky stout-like flavor. Initial taste was a tad sweet, rich and malty and well rounded with a mild hop bitterness. Sweetened as you went along, but no negatives in the flavor department. Might get a little rich after awhile, but these are very (emphasize very) drinkable. Could put them down easily and love every minute. Even the last few drops tasted good. Nice job.

08-26-2010 01:16:16 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of dpnelson1978


3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$8.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright brown body topped with a big tight heady of fantastic retention. Ample lacing and a thick creamy cover.

S: Light bready aroma, and slightly sweet. Subtle caramel aroma. Very subdued floral hop aroma in the distant background. Nothing spectacular, but it gets the job done.

T: Bready malt backbone, and hopped just enough to balance the sweetness. Very simple flavor profile, but very pleasant. Some minor bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Very smooth on the tongue.

D: Goes down very easy, and doesn't dominate the palate in any sense. Great beer to enjoy on a calm cool evening, and compliments grilled meat wonderfully.

O: Very solid selection from Sierra Nevada. I would expect nothing less.

08-25-2010 23:54:03 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of TK5150


3.38/5  rDev -12%

A- Pours dark brown with an off-white/beige head. The beer leaves decent lacing on the glass. Lighter brown edges/highlights when held up to the light.

S- Toasted malts, toffee, caramel. Not much else going on, but smells ok.

T- Toasted malts, caramel, and some herb-like hoppiness. Smokiness appears. A little spice lingers in the mouth...as does hints of chocolate. Well balanced with the malts and bitterness.

M- Medium bodied. Carbonation feels sharp in the mouth.

D- Easy to drink, but nothing particularly special.

Overall, not a bad brown ale. A good beer to drink while watching football, but not the best brown ale in the world. A decent beer for the fall season.

08-25-2010 20:58:23 | More by TK5150
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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